This wonderful example was built 1955, one of a total of only 1103 D-18s shipped that year. It incorporates typical post-war Martin style 18 features including lovely striped mahogany on the back and sides, a superb straight-grained spruce top w/the coolest tire track shaped matching grain pattern, Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard and bridge, and tortoise celluloid body binding. Its tortoise pickgard is stunning. The neck is mahogany with a fairly slim w/a soft “V” profile; the fingerboard inlay is mixed size dots and the tuners are open back individual Grovers with cool metal buttons. This example has seen just a bit of use & remains cleaner and more original than most from this period. It is an excellent fingerpicker’s instrument but also has a lot of punch and clarity as a straight rhythm machine as well. She’s a crack free beautiful special ordered D-18 w/its wood selection. She plays beautifully & sounds fabulous. Overall she’s exceptionally clean & comes in a nice new Martin hard case.
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